One advantage to 3D printing of parts is the ability to make parts on demand: That is, when they are needed, rather than making and storing them expensively beforehand. But what if the airline that needs the part does not have its digital design, or lacks the 3D machine to fashion it? Or what if the aircraft in need of the part is headed for a remote outstation, which lacks design or manufacturing capabilities? For these latter cases, a collaboration among several major aviation companies ...

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